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At the launch of the Aston Martin 2019 DBS Superleggera in the serene countryside of Berchtesgaden, Germany, we took the model that is set to replace the much-loved Vanquish out for a spin (teaser video below).
Replacing the Vanquish is no easy feat. Especially considering Aston’s fan base who have come to cherish it. But, with the fire power under the Superleggera’s carbon fibre bonnet, the 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine, this is a powerhouse that will drop the jaws of anyone holding onto the nostalgia of a bygone vehicle.
The growling, rumbling engine, the 715bhp and 900Nm of torque, which all flies through to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission makes this one of Aston’s most aggressive and muscular cars ever made, with the active exhaust system creating a more indulgent and slightly obnoxious growl — especially when you have the Sports Plus mode switched on.
You go from 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds. And it roars to a top speed of 330km/h (and a little more if you can hold your nerve). Compared to the DB11, that’s 0.4 seconds faster for 0-100km/h, and a good 8km/h higher top speed.
The glorious body of the car revolves around the golden ratio — two thirds: one third, across all plains, horizontal and vertical, cabin and wheels. The bodywork itself is bulging with power and the carbon fibre flesh of the vehicle. And the honeycomb grill adds that extra oomph to the already muscular appearance.
We expect to see the Xenon grey version of this masterful machine in a 007 movie very soon.
For our full review, pick up a copy of Debonair 39. Available in September.